Pop-Up Restaurant in New Orleans is Charging White People More to Draw Attention to Wealth Inequality

A restaurant in New Orleans is hoping to raise awareness of racial wealth differences in the country by charging white customers more. 

SAARTJ is a pop-up restaurant in the Louisiana city run by local Nigerian chef Tunde Wey who will be charging white customers $18 (£13) extra for their meal.

Much like the cafe in Melbourne, Australia which charged a ‘man-tax’ due to the gender pay gap, SAARTJ is charging an increase to highlight the racial pay gap in New Orleans.

In 2013, a study found that the average household income of an African-American in the city was 54 per cent lower than that of a white person.

Customers have two price options to choose from. Either $12 (£8.66) or the suggested price of $30 (£21.66).

As Tunde explains the standard price is available to everyone, but only white customers will be asked to consider the suggested price.

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SOURCE: Greg Evans
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